Service Immersion trip to Arequipa, Peru

The partnership with the YMCA in Arequipa, Peru has been supported by Parkview Health to provide additional medical care in this community. The Arequipa YMCA is one of the few YMCAs in the world with a medical doctor on staff. A team of YMCA leaders and local medical personnel from Fort Wayne provide additional care and support to the medical clinic operated by the YMCA.


Service Immersion trip to valparaiso, chile

Engage in a life-changing experience through the YMCA’s international service immersion trip,
working with urban underprivileged youth in Valparaiso, Chile!
These trips will take place:
December 26th, 2017-January 7, 2018 (2 week trip)
March 9-17, 2018 (1 week trip)
during the high summer season of Chile (temperatures in the 80s). 

Leaders of the trip are Julie and Francisco Townsend. Julie and Francisco also served as leaders of the University of Saint Francis’s and YMCA's trips to Chile from 2012-2017 and are passionate about the culture and people of Chile. Fluent in Spanish, their past experiences living and working for the YMCA in Valparaiso, Chile provide a unique focus for the trip.

*To participate, you must be 18 or older, or have a parent participating. No knowledge of Spanish is required.

Click here to download the brochure. 

Anyone who wishes to participate in the service trip must complete and send this online application form no later than August 31, 2017.
(Reservations will be available on a first come, first serve basis.) 
For more information, please contact: Francisco Townsend, 260.755.4807

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization, Tax ID # 35-0886850, and contributions are tax deductible.